DemDaily: Tonight’s Debate & Download

October 9, 2016

In the wake of the most recent Trump debacle, tonight's Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and the GOP nominee may be the most anticipated show-down in campaign history (their 9/26 debate already broke viewership @ 84 million).

AC's Billy Bush and Trump

Hot Mic
The Donald's already explosive (and implosive) campaign went into meltdown mode following the release Friday night of an Access Hollywood interview containing lewd comments by Trump about women.

Trump was already under fire for prior misogynist comments and has a 70% unfavorable rating with women voters - who account for approximately 53% of all registered voters and could be the decisive vote in this election.

ABC Poll, May 2016

Every Man for Himself
The fallout was immediate. With their control of both the House and Senate in the balance, GOP leadership and candidates are scrambling to publicly cut ties from Trump.

20+ Republican Members of Congress have retracted their endorsements, and Trump's own running mate, Mike Pence, issued a public rebuke and cancelled his appearance at a Wisconsin event with Speaker Paul Ryan.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have issued their own condemnations, and on Saturday the RNC pulled field operation funding from the Trump campaign.

"I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them. We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night."
- VP Nominee Mike Pence

Call to Step Down: More Rhetoric
Despite the growing number of voices calling for Trump to step aside, the truth is that it is too late (see August 5th DemDaily).

September 1st was the last day for a replacement to feasibly get on the ballot, and early voting has already begun in five states.

Regardless, it appears the GOP is stuck with its nominee. Following the tape's release Trump tweeted: "The media and establishment want me out of the race so badly - I WILL NEVER DROP OUT OF THE RACE, WILL NEVER LET MY SUPPORTERS DOWN! #MAGA."

In a subsequent video-taped response Saturday, Trump offered a reluctant apology which ended with a reminder that he would "see you at the debate."
Tonight's debate, which begins at 9:00pm Eastern, will be moderated by ABC's Martha Raddatz and CNN's Anderson Cooper.
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE SCHEDULE
OCTOBER 9, 2016 Presidential Debate
When
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time
9:00pm - 10:30pm Eastern
Where
Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
Candidates
Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R)
Networks
C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and MSNBC
Live Streaming
Moderator(s)
Martha Raddatz, ABC & Anderson Cooper, CNN
Format
90 minute town hall style debate. Half of the questions will come from participants and half from the Moderators.
 
OCTOBER 19, 2016 Presidential Debate
When Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time 9:00pm - 10:30pm Eastern
Where University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada
Candidates Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R)
Moderator Chris Wallace, FOX News
Format Debate Format: Six 15-minute segments segments w/questions from the Moderator
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